M&P 9C- need a holster on a budget


October 3, 2009, 02:36 PM
I recently completed my concealed carry course and will go finish the application process as soon as I can. I plan on carrying an M&P compact 9mm and will need a good holster for it.
I'm not currently able to carry on a daily basis because I am building a school and can't have a firearm on the property per state law, and the contractor safety agreement I had to sign.
My main interest in carrying right now is on trail rides. The more we go the farther we are going out into WMA and state forest lands and you never know who or what you will meet on the trail. No incidents so far, but much better safe than sorry. Otherwise it will be for short periods when I have to go somewhere for work (site visits, delivering bids etc.), and should generally be able to cover it with a jacket or shirt.
I'm thinking small of back, or just behind my hip. This keeps it clear of the saddle and I'm not knocking my elbow on it all the time while riding. I'd prefer a leather holster as well. I will spend what I need to for quality but want to keep the cost low if possible.
Looking online I like what I see from Desantis best, they have a small of back and a few small strongside holsters that look promising. I am also curious about a paddle holster, do these have a swivel so you can adjust the angle?

I'd appreciate any feedback on desantis, and any other suggestions to look at.

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October 3, 2009, 05:13 PM
Check out: http://www.activeprogear.com/22-belt-slide.html
They have different types and they aren't leather, but the prices are right. I've been using the one shown with a Sig P239 for a year and a half and it's still like new.

October 5, 2009, 05:44 PM
Thanks for the link, I hadn't come across them yet. I've been trying to look at everything available before pick something. I still think I'd prefer a leather holster, but for the prices there's a few on there that are probably worth a try. I have a feeling that holsters multiply as fast as guns seem to :)

October 7, 2009, 08:17 AM
Inexpensive leather holsters here: http://www.shado.com/

More inexpensive leather ones: http://shop.c5leather.com/

More inexpensive leather to choose from: http://www.jbpholsters.com/servlet/the-Belt-Holsters/Categories

Those are links for in the ~$50-75 and under category. I'd recommend trying out one of the MTACs or a Crossbreed too. I think those are great. That C5 shop has that Montana XLT model which is a style of IWB holster that I really like (similar to the Milt Sparks VM2).

October 7, 2009, 10:10 AM
I cannot recommend the crossbreed supertuck enough. PLEASE check out their site I am a very very satisfied customer. If you are really really on a budget than get a kholster...it's like a crossbreed supertuck but it doesn't have the same quality control (cheaper tho).


October 8, 2009, 05:16 PM
Thanks for the links and recommendations. Those are all 3 suppliers I hadn't come across. Gives me a lot more to look over.
I think the supertuck looks like a good choice for day to day carry, but I think I'm going to stick with an OWB for my first one because I think that will be alot more comfortable in the saddle. Need something that rides a little higher. I may end up with a supertuck for around town though because they do look like they work well.

October 8, 2009, 05:45 PM
Just a note on the Crossbreed. I have owned Crossbreeds and Comp-Tac Spartans and they are very similar designs. The Comp-Tac is much nicer and last time I checked it was a few dollars less too. Not that it really matters all that much since no one sees them and they are both just as durable. I think you'd be happy with either though.

For an OWB that's cheap, try the Don Hume H721 OT. It rides high and tight, is made pretty well and it's really inexpensive. I think it's the best bang for the buck in an OWB. Honestly, it functions as well as holsters I've had that cost twice as much or more. It's no Sparks or Alessi but it gets the job done and gets it done well.

October 9, 2009, 05:37 PM
Well I appreciate all the advice. I checked out everything listed here and almost ordered the hume 721 OT, but in the end I opted for a Desantis Mini slide. Its only about $10 more and it looks like the gun sits deeper in the holster, and it has a tension adjustment. I'll be sure and post a review when it gets here.

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